Communications Director

Oct 12, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Communications Director

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The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is seeking an experienced, creative, energetic and strategic communications professional to serve in the newly created Communications Director position. In collaboration with the Chair and Vice Chair the Director will create innovative and exciting methods for public awareness and engagement while increasing the visibility of the department and its faculty's activities to relevant and specified audiences.

The Director will be responsible for developing and implementing the overall communications strategy for the Department. This includes, but is not limited to writing articles/publications, reporting, marketing, social media and messaging, branding, graphic standards and website presence

Core duties and responsibilities include:
  • Provide public relations support for audiences that are both internal and external to the university
  • Plan and execute activities to support public relations objectives.
  • Develop, execute and oversee written communications of moderate complexity, including presentations, speeches, news stories, web content, talking points, and correspondence and social media posts.
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal and external partners
  • Participate in regular meetings of key researchers with media relations needs to develop strategies and tactics for facilitating effective communications.
  • Identify and maintain professional relationships with key press, policy influencers and community leaders.
  • Prepare content for internal or external newsletters. Understand email and digital content distribution.
  • Assist in developing strategies for brand managements, reputation management and issues management of moderate complexity.
  • Assist with the design and implementation of effective constituent communications programs and social media strategies.
  • Serve as a project leader for public relations activities of small to moderate complexity. * - Other duties may also be assigned

    • Bachelor degree in Communications, Journalism or related field
    • Sound judgment to represent the department on the web and social media
    • Capacity to synthesize scientific material and communicate information in a manner easily understood
    • Ability to perform research, write, edit and promote in the specialized subject area of mental health
    • Experience with reporting, communications and/or social media strategy and management
    • Ability to write creatively in a clear and compellingly manner
    • An understanding of building brand and reputation management
    • Project management experience

    Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

    • Excellent written communication skills, reporting skills, and advanced skills in conceptual editing, copy editing, and proof reading.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with internal communications groups across the hospital and university.
    • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in working with a variety of people.
    • Capacity to write and synthesize materials and communicate information in a manner easily understood.
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork. * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


    • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
    • On call and ability to respond 24/7.

    Job: Communications

    Location: School of Medicine
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.